The problem of whether to sit on the right — or whether to sit on the left, dominates this week’s Improbable Research podcast.
- Cinema seating and hand clasping in Bulgaria — George B. Karev, (2000). ‘Cinema Seating in Right, Mixed and Left Handers.’ Cortex 36 (5): 747–52./ –– (1993). ‘Arm Folding, Hand Clasping and Dermatoglyphic Asymmetry in Bulgarians.’ Anthropologischer Anzeiger 51(1): 69–76.
- Choosing sides in a theater — Weyers, Peter, Annette Milnik, Clarissa Müller, and Paul Pauli (2006). ‘How to Choose a Seat in Theatres: Always Sit on the Right Side?’ Laterality 11 (2): 181–93. .
- Scrotal asymmetry in man and in ancient sculpture — McManus, I. C. “Scrotal asymmetry in man and in ancient sculpture.” Nature 259, no. 5542 (1976): 426-426.
- Are all accountants always grey? [this segment is sponsored by Freshbooks] — “Beyond the Boring Grey: The Construction of the Colourful Accountant,” by Ingrid Jeacle, Critical Perspectives on Accounting, 2008. [BONUS: Here’s a video of Ingrid Jeacle describing her research.]
The mysterious John Schedler or the shadowy Bruce Petschek perhaps did the sound engineering this week.
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